10 Fall Festivals to Attend in Maryland 2023
The cooler temperatures and lower humidity make Autumn a wonderful time of year to get outside in Maryland. This is probably why there are so many amazing outdoor events in the area every fall. Whether you’re looking for a pumpkin patch, craft fair, apple picking adventure, or delicious food and drink, there’s something for everyone. Here are 10 fall festivals in Maryland to attend this year.
Fall Festivals in Maryland
1. Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival
Dates: September 23 – October 29, 2023
Location: 22222 Davis Mill Road Germantown, MD
The Pumpkin Festival is back for its 43rd year! Admission includes pick-your-own pumpkins, jump pads, hayrides, a petting zoo, live music, a corn maze, a corn pool and more.Tickets on October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 allows you to shoot a pumpkin cannon ($5 a shot)! Check out the festival map for more exciting fall adventures at Butler’s Orchard this year.
The festival runs Wednesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Online reservations are strongly encouraged with a cost of $10 per person on weekdays and $15 per person on weekends. Gate prices are $12 per person on weekdays and $17 per person on weekends so it is smart to purcjase ahead of time. Children 24 months and under are free. Some activities require an extra fee, including face painting ($4 and up), pony rides ($7 per ride) and mini diggers ($3 per ride).
2. Fall Festival Weekend at Homestead Gardens
Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday, September 30 – October 22, 2023
Location: Davidsonville Store | 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD 21035
Families will love this unique fall festival with enough activities to keep everyone busy all day! Kids can ride on a tractor, jump on a pillow pad, see baby animals, pick their own pumpkins, jump in a bounce house and so much more. Each weekend has a different live music lineup, a full farm market (with apple cider donuts) and food and beer trucks. Don’t miss this incredible and enormous fall festival that will delight the whole family!
3. Summers Farm Fall Festival
Dates: September 16 – October 31, 2023
Location: 5620 Butterfly Lane Frederick, MD
The annual Summers Farm Fall Festival boasts over 45 activities – enough to keep everyone entertained all day long! Summers Farm has all the fall activities you expect, like rides, games and a corn maze, but takes it up a notch with things like a giant rocking chair, rubbery ducky races, a sound garden, (fake and gentle) bull riding and a zipline.
But the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down: Summers Farm puts on a spectacular fireworks show every Friday and Saturday night (weather permitting)! Bring your own food or enjoy on-site farm fresh treats. There’s so much going on you’ll need this farm map to help you!
The hours are:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at $15.50 per person online or $19.50 per person at the gate
- Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at $15.50 per person online or $19.50 per person at the gate
- Friday evenings from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at $19.50 per person online or $23.50 per person at the gate
- Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at $19.50 per person online or $23.50 per person at the gate
- Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at $19.50 per person online or $23.50 per person at the gate.
Children 24 months and under are free. Buy your tickets in advance to reserve your spots online.
4. Fall Season at Magnolia Meadow Farm
Dates: September 23 – October 29, 2023
Location: 13001 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Though it’s not technically a fall festival, Fall at the Magnolia Meadow Farm is one of the best fall events in Maryland. It’s home to Maryland’s largest corn maze and offers over 20 activities for all ages. From cornhole to hayrides and games, there’s something fun for everyone.
Their hours are:
- Fridays and Sundays from 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
- Saturdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
5. Weber’s Farm & Cider Mill Fall Harvest Days
Dates: September 16 – November 5, 2023
Location: 2526 Proctor Lane Parkville, MD
Visit the barnyard at Weber’s Farm for a one-of-a-kind fall festival in Maryland! The barnyard, Pumpkin Palace and market are open all week long. For vendors, food trucks, live music and activities like gem mining and balloon creations, visit on the weekends. Make sure you visit the website to see which musicians and food trucks will be there during your visit. And, because this is a cider mill, remember to pick up your fresh-pressed apple cider before you leave!
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and start at $8, depending on the day you choose to attend.
6. Harbor Harvest Children’s Fall Festival 2023
Date: Sunday, October 22 · 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Location: Rash Field | 201 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230
The 16th annual rain-or-shine event brings a little bit of country to Charm City! The Harbor Harvest Children’s Fall Festival has everything you love about farm festivals in the country right there in the heart of Baltimore: pumpkin picking, pony rides, face painting, food trucks, carnival rides and so much more. Children in costume get FREE raffle tickets to win prizes!
There’s also a pie contest that’s free to enter for Maryland’s best bakers!
Tickets are available online starting at $12. Some activities require a separate pass, so makeake sure you buy the ticket you need. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the event.
7. Gaver Farm Fall Fun Fest
Dates: September 1 – October 31, 2023
Location: 5501 Detrick Road Mount Airy, MD
Gaver Farm is home to 60 attractions for kids of all ages. Fall Fun Fest is the perfect opportunity to experience every one of them! Hop on a hayride to the alpaca house for a meet and greet or swing into the barnyard and say hello to the sweet donkey, George, who loves watching over all his other barnyard companions. Weekends bring with them the chance to pick your own apples and, of course, enjoy fresh cider donuts!
Fall Fun Fest is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $21 per person in October on weekends and $13.50 on weekdays. Children 24 months and under are always free. Buy your tickets online or at the gate.
8. Montpelier Farms Fall Festival
Dates: September 16 – November 5, 2023
Location: 1720 Crain Highway North Upper Marlboro, MD
Pumpkin bowling. Need we say more? Your weekend admission to Montpelier Farms’ Fall Festival includes this and many more activities, including an after-dark flashlight corn maze, hayrides, animals, tug-of-war, a soccer paddock, s’mores over campfires, wine tastings and a new super mega slide! With so much family fun in one place, you’ll never want to leave!
October hours are:
- Fridays 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sundays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Weekday Playdates: Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
November hours are:
- Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
General admission for Weekend Fall Festival is $19 and $14 for Weekday Playday. Some activities require additional fees. Next Level and VIP Admissions start at $24 for the Weekend Fall Festival and $19 for Weekday Playday. Visit their website for more details.
9. Zoo Boo!
Dates: October 28 & 29
Location: The Maryland Zoo | One Safari Place Baltimore, MD 21217
Games, prizes, entertainment and – most importantly, TRICK-OR-TREATING – are all happening at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, just in time for Halloween! This 2-day event is more sweet than spooky, so it’s a wonderful time for kids of all ages. Everyone’s invited to attend in costume (there’ll be a contest at the end of each day) and enjoy the bubble shows, magic shows and education stations throughout the zoo.
Each day of Zoo Boo runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free for zoo members or with regular zoo admission.
10. Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt
- Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 22, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Schifferstadt Architectural Museum | 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD 21701
A list of fall festivals in Maryland wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Oktoberfest! Attendees will enjoy delicious themed food and drink, lively German music, historic demonstrators and arts & crafts vendors selling hand-made products.
There’s no entrance fee, but donations are appreciated. Proceeds will benefit programs of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and the preservation of this National Historic Landmark, as well as community programs of the Rotary Club of Fredericktowne.
Stay at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve During Your Visit to Maryland Fall Festivals
If all that festival-going has you ready for a trip to Maryland, we have the perfect place for you to stay! The Hotel at Arundel Preserve is conveniently located near BWI airport and most major Maryland roadways.